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WATCH: Weird Coin Toss Gets Bears-Lions Thanksgiving Day Activities Started

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Detroit is home to the most controversial coin toss of all time, which happened on Thanksgiving Day 1998. So it’s fitting that another Detroit odd coin toss kicks off the football fest. on Thanksgiving this year.

After meeting in the midfield to toss a coin, Lion‘the captains chose to delay after winning. When asked if they wanted the ball, Bear‘the captains chose to delay, which they were told they could not do, as the Lions chose to postpone. The bizarre sequence of events was captured on Fox’s camera.

The sequence is reminiscent of the legendary coin toss between the Lion and the Steelsmith on Thanksgiving Day, 1998. After the Steelers rallied to force overtime, Pittsburgh appeared to win a coin toss after Jerome Bettis yelled “Tails!” The referee, Phil Luckett, determined that Bettis had called on behalf of the chiefs, leading to Bettis angrily pleading his case to no avail. Detroit received the ball early in the second half and won with a Jason Hanson strike.

The Lions’ current team certainly want to end Thursday’s game in a similar fashion. Detroit is looking to avoid a winless season after entering Thanksgiving with a 0-9-1 record. The Bears are also in dire need of a win, as Matt Nagy was at the center of several reports this week claiming he would be fired if Chicago lost Thursday’s game. The Bears, which reached the playoffs last season under Nagy, are having a disappointing 3-7 season.

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